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Niagara's spring live music series gets under way on Friday Seven concerts to bring variety of national, local talent to university

Niagara University is offering the public seven cheap date nights with seven concerts, starting Friday.

For $5 a ticket, which includes free pizza and wings, anyone can see Klear, a heavy-metal band, with special guest Breaker Box. Beverages also will be sold at the event.

Klear is the first concert lin the spring portion of the university's 2006-07 Live Music Series.

Heavy metal performed at a Catholic university?

Why not?

Fred Heuer, assistant vice president for marketing at the university, said the series, which began six years ago, came about because students wanted more activities on campus.

Despite incidents elsewhere, he said the concerts at Niagara have never attracted any fights or mishaps.

"We have a pretty controlled venue," Heuer said.

The concerts run from 8 to 11 p.m. in the Under the Taps Club in the Gallagher Center.

Heuer, who books the concerts and puts the series together, said he tries to bring a broad spectrum of shows to the center.

The series continues with Route 66 on Jan. 26. The band opened for the group America last summer at Artpark.

The band's wide repertoire covers oldies, disco and classic rock of the 1960s, '70s and '80s.

BeatleMagic, a Beatles tribute band, will make a fifth appearance at the Live Music Series on Feb. 9. There will be no opening act for this band, which Heuer said has always packed the club.

The Under the Taps Club holds about 200 people.

The Rivalry, an aggressive, high-energy rock quartet from Long Island, will play Feb. 16. The band has toured the United States many times and has a growing fan base worldwide, Heuer said.

Stone Row, the band formerly known as Kilbrannan, will celebrate St. Patrick's Day with a night of Irish music on March 9. The group entwines Celtic and world music by fusing traditional and contemporary genres.

On March 23, the university will showcase three up-and-coming Western New York bands -- Free Henry, Kamikaze Theory and Treatment Nine.

Free Henry is a young, all-ages jam band that entertains audiences with diverse compositions and improvisational style.

Kamikaze Theory plays mostly classic rock, covering performers such as the Jimi Hendrix Experience, the Beatles, Pink Floyd, the Doors, Eric Clapton and more. The group recently placed second in Niagara University's High School Band Showcase.

Treatment Nine, formerly known as the N's, returns to Niagara after a third-place finish in the university's High School Band Showcase. The band plays classic rock.

On April 13, the university hosts its second annual High School Rock Band Showcase, sponsored by Jackson Music of Grand Island. Prizes will include a $300 Jackson Music gift certificate plus free studio recording time at GB Audio, Cheektowaga.

Interested bands should e-mail Heuer at for consideration. Include band member names, high school and phone numbers, Heuer said.


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